Across the street, across the ocean, key in hand or hand in hand, these films ask ‘in whose footsteps do you follow; what kind of world will you create?’ — SL
Chloe Booher | USA 2015 | 3:38 | English Canadian Premiere
A short documentary about a grandfather’s immigration from China to the United States, this familiar story is animated with elegance and charm.
Chloe Booher is an animator and designer based out of Los Angeles. She completed her MFA in Animation at UCLA in 2015. She enjoys motion graphics and breakfast.
The Ghost of Grandpa Tong
Celeste Koon* | Canada 2015 | 10:40 English | World Premiere
Family pressure goes beyond the grave in this comical tale of growing up between cultures.
Celeste Koon is a Toronto-based writer, director, and production designer who works in children’s film and television. The Ghost of Grandpa Tong is Celeste’s winning Emerging Filmmaker pitch at Reel Asian’s 2014 So You Think You Can Pitch? competition.
Nayan and the Evil Eye
Shaleen Sangha* | Canada 2014 | 7:35 English
The Evil Eye is a superstition held by people of many cul- tures. It is believed that if some- one looks at you with envy, they can cause you harm. A young boy finds a mysterious glass eye and discovers its strange power.
Shaleen Sangha is a writer, director, development executive and video artist. She has had a passion for storytelling, no matter the form, throughout her life.
Debraj Sarkar | India 2014 | 10:40 Bengali | North American Premiere
A grandmother’s story of her childhood days in her Indian village contrasts sharply with her grandson’s urban loneliness, in this beautifully illustrated animation.
Debraj Sarkar holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indira Kala Sangeet University in India. He has screened films interna- tionally and is based in West Bengal.
Frank and Kass
Norbert Shieh | United States 2015 | 6:30 English | International Premiere
Frank returns to his parents’ home after recently being laid off, with his young daughter
in tow. With their lives packed up in a pickup truck, they drive across the California desert, hoping to make it to their desti- nation in one piece.
Norbert Shieh is a Taiwanese American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His films and cinematography work have screened internationally at festivals.
Robin Takao D’Oench | United States 2015 15:25 | English/Japanese with English subtitles | Canadian Premiere
After the closure of the U.S Internment Camps at the end of World War II, a Japanese American family returns home and must find the strength to rebuild both their house and family amidst the emotional and physical destruction caused by the war.
Robin Takao D’Oench is a writer, director, and producer working in film and television in New York City and Los Angeles area. Tadaima is Robin’s first short film.
Kendra Legault* | Canada 2015 | 3:47 English | World Premiere
Filmmaker Kendra Legault explores both her relationship with her Hakka grandmother and a family history she never knew about.
Kendra Legault is a film student in Toronto.
Adinah Dancyger | United States 2015 15:39 | English/Korean with English subtitles | Canadian Premiere
A six-year old girl spends
the summer with her Korean grandmother in New York City. Cultural and language barriers complicate matters in this hon- est and compelling portrait.
Adinah Dancyger holds a BA in film production from Bard College. She is currently in pre-production for her first feature film, Girl Props, a collaborative project which she will perform in.
Michelle Kee | Canada 2014 | 9:47 English/ Mandarin with English subtitles | Toronto Premiere
After Little Boy Lee and his family dump an old mattress in a dirty Strathcona alley, the mattress sparks an all-out suburban war.
Michelle Kee lived in Singapore, the UK and the USA before laying down roots in Vancouver. She has directed four short films and has several awards under her belt. Mattress was made in eight days for the Crazy8s Film Society.